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7458 Mark Lane $2,995,000
Willis Point MLS 385430
This exquisite estate sits on almost 2 acres of woodland property with 150 feet of ocean frontage. Over 4,500 square feet of luxurious living space with a natural design aesthetic. The main level offers a chefâ€™s kitchen, formal dining room, and impressive living room with soaring ceilings. The master retreat, with walk-in closet, fitness room and ensuite completes the main. The lower level offers a studio, spacious family room and 3 additional bedrooms, one with an ensuite. Outside enjoy an extensive slate deck, manicured gardens and a boathouse to store your marine vessels. World class attractions such as Butchart Gardens and the 5 start Brentwood Bay Hotel and Spa are within minutes, and downtown Victoria is a short 25 minute drive.
10113 West Saanich Rd $1,099,000
North Saanich MLS 384171
This beautiful home looks west over Patricia Bay with glorious sunset ocean views. This 4 bdrm 3 bthrm home has just been totally updated with every attention to detail and many extra features. Your personal elevator will take you from your car to the main level where a spacious open floor plan awaits including a new gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. Retire to a luxurious master suite with private deck, walk in closests and aupdated en suite. Bring your kayak, surf board or beach shoes for clam digging in the bay. When finished relax or entertain in the beautiful mature landscaped yard. You can listen to the water fall and watch the koi fish in the lily pond. In the winter enjoy a rare sight of the Trumpeter Swans. Relax and enjoy nature on display.
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10643 Blue Heron Road $2,099,000
This captivating beachfront home is a harmonious marriage of Westcoast beauty and state-of-the-art luxuries. The clean modern interior allows the dynamic 180-degree ocean views to be the focal point. The chefâ€™s kitchen is equipped with Miele appliances and a casual eating area. The dining room is ideal for formal occasions. The master retreat is appointed with a walk-in closet and lavish ensuite. A spacious living room, additional bedroom, music room and laundry room complete the main. The lower level offers a sophisticated media room, rec room, office and guest room. Outside, enjoy the swim spa, manicured gardens or the sandy beach accessed directly from the property. Minutes from Sidney, the ferries and airport with Victoria a 25-minute commute.
his beautiful waterfront home features abundant natural light, provided by picture windows, which artfully frame the stunning ocean vistas. The kitchen features a central island and adjacent eating area. The formal dining room opens to a generous living room with a lovely gas fireplace. The sunroom is flooded with light and enriched with ocean views. Two bedrooms complete the main floor. The upper level hosts the master retreat, complete with walk-in closet, four piece ensuite and private balcony. The lower level is ready to be transformed to fit your needs. Outside, mature trees, manicured gardens and direct beach access. Set in North Saanich, a vibrant community that affords progressive amenities, the airport and Ferries are nearby and the Inner Harbour is a short commute.
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Let's be honest … finding the inspiration to exercise can be challenging! In writing this article, I was reminded that our needs as humans are very unique. Exploring which motivational strategies match my clients' personalities and finding that perfect fit is such a gratifying aspect of being a personal trainer.
Have you ever wanted to change things up at Christmas? We did and changed our gift giving from drawing names to buying for everyone but with a $10 maximum. We all loved it! We bought consumable items or funny and quirky things since really, what do we all need these days?
The holidays can be a wonderful time for celebrating family and community. Eating and buying local is how I show gratitude for the land which we call home. This month's Island Dish is a delicious expression of nourishing local food meant to be shared and enjoyed with people we love!
adam olsen page 33 As we approach the end of 2017, I am thankful for the opportunity to pause and consider what brings us together. We spend a lot of time focusing on our differences, but this is the time of year that people from diverse cultures from near and far gather and celebrate.
linda petite page 77 The centrepiece of many homes during the holidays is a decorated tree. Whether you purchase a pre-cut tree at a lot or go select and cut your own tree from a local Christmas tree farm, there are some basic tips to follow to keep your tree fresh longer.
stu rhodes page 16 This month's Trade Student Spotlight features Julia, a glowing example of how one can be successful in the academic realm and the trades. It's a feel-good story for me because I had a vision of creating a Saanich Hairstylist program nine years ago … and it's still going strong – turning dreams into realities.
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first word I do love the holiday season and I often find my thoughts drifting back to family memories. Growing up, the highlight of every Christmas was heading out in the bitter cold of the Maritimes, on snowshoes, with the entire family, to find a perfect tree. Even with six feet of snow on the ground Sandy, our Chesapeake retriever, would have eyes wide open, tail wagging, ready for the adventure. After a few hours we would finally arrive home. The next day was time for the ultimate tree trimming process with my two sisters and brother. For the four of us it wasn’t a patient and painstaking piece of art. We just went for it and my parents sat back and watched. I can remember, though, my mother going in after and meticulously adjusting the hooks and hangers so ornaments were rotated to face outward, and arranging the sterling silver ornaments so light caught them just right and their red ribbons were scattered evenly across the tree. I still wonder how she could do that after all the tinsel and snow we sprinkled over the tree! Then we would impatiently wait for the big day. When that glorious morning arrived we would wake before sunrise, begging our parents out of bed, and be promptly
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ordered back to ours for another hour. 55 minutes later, we would all gather in the living room where there would be a display of overly stuffed stockings, and presents under the tree ready to be dismantled. Now fast track ahead by 30 years. With two teenage children, some traditions have certainly changed but tree trimming remains a momentous part of the holidays for us. We love digging out the fairy lights and favourite baubles we’ve inherited over the years; family shouting, singing (and making a mess) all around the house; cracking open ice cold delicious champagne at any time of the day to enjoy with chocolate covered almonds. My other favourite is the late night of wrapping presents and filling the stockings just before the big day, to still see the surprise and wonder on my children’s faces the next morning. It’s a beautiful thing. So while we’re in the spirit, what’s your favourite holiday moment? Maybe it’s a family tradition like these. Or, the best gift you remember opening? Do tell, and from all of us at Seaside Magazine, we wish you the best of the holiday season!
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Sadly, my November "Historically Speaking" piece was my last for Seaside Magazine. Over the past 10 years, I have very much enjoyed bringing readers heritage stories, Conversations from the Past, and more recently, a varied collection of historical gems in our area. As Seaside Magazine is going in exciting new directions in the new year, and I will be very busy working on a series of fiction novels (the first of which, Providence, will be released in the spring), I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my faithful readers most sincerely for their support over the years. And I especially want to thank the Seaside team for being so much fun to work with. Valerie Green www.valeriegreen.ca
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Dream a Little Dream:
Holiday Happenings in Sidney! The holidays are just around the corner, so why not give yourself a head start and toss in a bit of holiday sparkle by enjoying the warm, welcoming Merchants Open House put on by Sidney businesses on Saturday, December 2 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. During this annual event, merchants welcome shoppers not only with a wide selection of beautifully made goods and great service, but also with special holiday treats, tasty drinks and a chance to chat with friends and neighbours. It's all a great start to the holiday season. Sidney looks spectacular during the holiday season. Check out the beautiful shop windows, bright and sparkling. Merchants pull out all the stops at this special time of the year, so enjoy a bit of holiday magic as you stroll around town with a warm drink and friends or family. And take delight in the traditional carollers who will stroll the streets of Sidney during the Merchants Open House, capturing the warmth of a small-town Christmas and singing seasonal favourites. Feel free to sing along! The carollers will also perform on Saturdays and Sundays, December 2 to 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Between 5 and 8:30 p.m., also during the Merchants Open House, you can take pleasure in a free carriage tour through downtown Sidney. Offered by Victoria Carriage Tours on a first come/first served basis, this is a charming way to begin the holiday season. The Carriage Tours also will be available on Saturdays and Sundays between December 3 and 23, from 12 to 4 p.m., at a minimal cost of only $30 per carriage. Each carriage seats up to six. The tours by Susan Simosko
fill up quickly, so please book as soon as possible: 250-883-3651 (reservations highlyÂ recommended!) Santa has ordered up several family-friendly events for kids of all ages too. Check out the gingerbread houses hidden in shops throughout the Town. Find 12 and enter to win one of three great prizes! Entry forms are found in the December printed Events Calendar. At the Mary Winspear Centre (MWC), you can view the Festival of Trees, a beautiful collection of trees decorated by local organizations and businesses. Vote for your favourite and drop off a new unwrapped gift for Peninsula Santa's Helpers or make a donation to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Be sure to visit the Sidney Museum, which celebrates Christmas with a unique display of holiday teddy bears. The exhibit runs from November 16 to December 31, every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., except on Christmas and Boxing Day. Admission by donation. Adding to the holiday spirit, you can win a little magic just by making a purchase at a participating Sidney merchant between December 2 and 23. The Sidney BIA is pleased to announce a special "scratch and win" promotion with outstanding prizes that include a night at the Pier Hotel, spa treatments, restaurant and cafe vouchers and many, many more. Yet another reason to enjoy the holiday season in Sidney! So dream a little dream in Sidney this holiday season, where there is truly something for everyone! Visit www.distinctlysidney.ca for additional details. december 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 11
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deb â€™ s day out
Feeling Good About Giving Back by Deborah Rogers
My Day Out this month allows
me to give back (a little) to my community, and gives a glimpse of a vital not-for-profit service: I'm volunteering at the Food Bank. On the Wednesday morning that I join Executive Director Bev Elder and her team, the Sidney Lions Food Bank at Iroquois Park is a bustling place. At the front counter there are many clients arriving with their shopping bags, and behindthe-scenes there are deliveries, collections and a number of workers busy sorting donations and serving clients. I've been fortunate in my life never to need to use the services provided here, but a surprising number of Saanich Peninsula residents do. Of the 40,000 people who live in its catchment area (the whole Peninsula as far south as Sayward), close to 1,000 people a month have their basic food needs supported by this Food Bank. 12 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
Deb one and two handing out food at the Sidney Lions Food Bank
It is clearly an essential service. The Food Bank depends on a large roster of volunteers filling many different roles. On the day I visited, there were at least eight volunteers working, as well as Bev. She gave me a quick tour and overview of what they do, then put me to work! I joined Donna and Sam sorting donated cans. It's a very organized system in the small warehouse space. All food is checked for use-by dates and condition, then sorted by category. People are incredibly generous but sometimes there are items donated that really shouldn't be. Even canned food has a best before and there were items several years past it! Next up I was given the task of creating the essential staples bags that each client gets when they visit the Food Bank. Using a predetermined list, I make up bags with canned soup, fish, tomatoes, vegetables and boxed pasta dinners. Bag after bag go into the huge
wheeled bin and then get distributed to the people still streaming through the doors. These are basic, filling foods but I wonder about the nutrition they provide; it’s reassuring then to move to the storefront area and find that these basics are supplemented by a wider range of goods. What many people might not know is that cash donations to the Food Bank enable Bev to purchase fresh milk and protein items like cheese, meat and fish. Every dollar donated gets turned into $2 to $3 worth of food due to great community connections and the power of buying in bulk. New to the Food Bank are regular deliveries of fresh produce thanks to Thrifty Foods. Items that might otherwise have ended up in landfill due to short expiration dates are now delivered daily to the food bank allowing clients a great choice of fresh salads, fruit and vegetables. The volunteers I chat with are realistic about the role the Food Bank plays and non-judgmental about the clients who come through their doors. They point out that anyone could find themselves in a position where they suddenly need support: a loss of job, disability or illness can cause a significant change in a family's circumstances. Sadly many of the regular clients are those families where people are working, but in low-paid jobs, and once accommodation is covered there just isn't enough money to get them through to the next paycheck. Ensuring children are well nourished is a priority and additional snacks and lunch items are given to those families. I was humbled when I took a turn at the counter talking to clients about their needs. It takes guts to ask for help and everyone is grateful for the goods they receive. One mother asks about hygiene products for her daughter and I'm reminded of how much I take for granted in my life. I chatted with Rachel, who has needed to use the food bank for support. She mentioned the friendly, welcoming staff, something I see too. Everyone has a smile and I understand why – even in difficult circumstances we come together to help each other, giving what we can, whether food, money or time. "Hunger has no season," says Bev, a reminder that while they always welcome the additional donations that come around Christmas time, their shelves will be empty again in January. To find out how you can help, visit www.sidneylionsfoodbank.com.
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Julia Scheuer: Hairstylist by Stu Rhodes
How often does an apprentice finish their
technical training, and finish logging their work-based hours before their 18th birthday? Well, I don't know the actual stats on this, but I can assure you: it rarely happens! No big deal for Julia Scheuer though. Julia graduated from Claremont Secondary last June, and earlier this month she logged the last few hours required to complete her Hairstylist apprenticeship. She has been working at Copa Hair Studio and Day Spa on a continuing part-time basis since grade 10. She will write her Red Seal exam in the coming weeks! Shelley Scheuer, Julia's mom, told me Julia has had a fascination with hair since she was a young girl visiting her grandmother's salon. "Cutting and styling hair was interesting and fun for her." Julia learned about the Saanich teaching salon, located at the Individual Learning Centre, in grade nine when she inquired about eligibility and the application process. While the program is generally reserved for students in grade 11 or 12, Julia applied, and made a strong case for herself, to start the program in 10th grade. The program begins in February of each year and as soon as Julia submitted her application she started volunteering at Copa to get a sense of what it would be like to actually work in a salon setting. Work experience placements like these give students an excellent opportunity to sample the nature of the work as well as the culture of the work place. "It didn't take long for Julia to transition from unpaid work to paid work," said salon owner Brandy Pearson. She went on to say: "For a young person, Julia came with an incredible amount of maturity and has always demonstrated a very professional approach to her work here at Copa." It didn't take long for Julia to become indentured as a youth apprentice either, which is why she has already logged so many hours. Following successful completion of the Hairstylist program at Studio 63, Julia transitioned back to Claremont to finish 16 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
a rigorous academic course load while still maintaining her part time job at Copa. She was nominated valedictorian by her peers at the Individual Learning Centre and received a BC Achievement Scholarship from the Ministry of Education for her stellar scholastic performance. "I always loved hair, and I wanted to do something different. I wanted to leave school with a career instead of just a graduation certificate," said Julia. "Not only do I have a really cool job at Copa, where I still get to learn from the senior staff, but my parents helped me convert an old bedroom at our house into a home-based salon where I'm able to service friends and family. So now my trade training is helping me learn how to run a small business too." Julia is currently attending Camosun College as a full-time student in their university transfer program while working part time at Copa. She continues to take on new challenges and encourages other students to do the same. "It wasn't easy leaving my home school of Claremont to attend Studio 63. It was a lot of hard work, but so worth it! I graduated from high school with a trade and a career, and I was still able to go directly to
college or university." Who says you can't do it all? Contact Stu Rhodes at 250-415-9211 for more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District. View the promotional YouTube video, "Jump Start Your Career" at http://www. youtube.com/user/saanichcareers. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.
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Festive Highlights on the Southern Gulf Islands As you relax on the ferry while travelling from Swartz Bay to the mainland this December, you may look out the windows and think that the Southern Gulf Islands look chilly and isolated at this time of year. In reality, there is a whole host of activities going on behind all those evergreen trees and cozy cabins. If you have some time and wanderlust, you might like to check out some of the events and good cheer that keep these islands warm during the shortest days of the year. Any child who has grown up on the Southern Gulf Islands knows that, every December, they can expect a visit from Santa, who arrives not by reindeer but by motor boat! As it has done for the past 60 years, the International Lions Club's Christmas Ship cruises up from Bellingham, Washington, bringing Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a boatload of Christmas magic. Santa's band of pirates, elves, and clowns disembark to entertain the children waiting excitedly on the sometimes chilly, but always cheery, docks. Each child gets a turn to chat with Santa and receives a gift. The Christmas Ship is often escorted by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue high-performance boat, and, at the docks, volunteer firefighters add to the excitement with their shiny trucks. At Hope Bay, on North Pender Island, while waiting for the ship there is carol singing and music. Dockside Realty and Hope Bay Store provide hot dogs and hot chocolate to warm up the kids.
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If you are travelling by ferry at night, you will see the brightly coloured lights of the Pender Island Lions Club CARE Tree. Each year the club has a tree-lighting ceremony accompanied by music and carols. And, on New Year's Eve, there has been an annual Magic Lake Lantern Festival since 1999. Mayne Island resident Lisa Horvath says that one of the most magical events that take place on her Island is in the Japanese Garden, which was created to commemorate the Japanese Canadians who settled and worked on the Island between 1900 and 1942. Every Christmas, elves decorate the garden with an impressive display of festive lights. The opening is celebrated with warm refreshments and carol singing. Other festivities on Mayne Island include a Lion's sponsored turkey bingo, a single seniors' Christmas dinner and a parade of lights. On Christmas Eve, islanders gather to sing carols around a bonfire in Miner's Bay. Sometimes described as the most remote of the Southern Gulf Islands, Saturna Island welcomes the Christmas Ship and puts on a Christmas Concert. They also celebrate the Solstice with an all-day bonfire in Thompson Park. Winter debris is collected and burned to encourage the sun to come back for another year. On Galiano Island, the Galiano Club and Community host a Winter Solstice Feast that they describe as "something splendid," as many residents are "foodies of the first rank." The scrumptious dinner highlights the Food Program's harvest, which often
includes homemade pickles, desserts made from Island fruits and delicious soups and bread made by Club volunteers. To celebrate New Year's Day, there is a fun-filled polar bear swim held at Montague Provincial Park. "Everyone gets dressed up in crazy costumes," says resident Carol Robson. "There is a big bonfire and hot drinks for everyone." Participants raise money from sponsors, which goes to charity. "There is quite a competition to make the most money! The turnout gets bigger every year. Young and old get ducked!" Salt Spring is the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands, and the month of December is full of winter celebrations for islanders and visitors alike. Resident Jill Tarswell provided a brief summary of some of their events: November 25 to December 22: Wintercraft at Mahon Hall for artisan gift shopping
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"Santa’s band of pirates, elves and clowns disembark to entertain the children waiting excitedly on the sometimes cheery, but always chilly, docks."
December 1: Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair and Beaver Point Christmas Craft Fair December 2: Santa arrives by air at the Coast Guard Dock in Ganges.
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December 6: Annual Chili Cook-Off in Centennial Park, Ganges December 9, 16, 23: Saturday Christmas Market outdoors at Centennial Park, Ganges December 9: Santa arrives again in Ganges, this time on the Lions’ Santa Ship from Bellingham. December 9 to 10: Salt Spring Singers present Yuletide Fires at Artspring: some of the most beautiful music ever composed proclaims Christmas and the Solstice. Join us to celebrate the winter season with sacred pieces by Bach, Barber, Britten, and Handel, traditional arrangements by Willcocks, Rutter, Davies, and a wonderful new Suite composed by Tate with lyrics written by Emily Carr.
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December 16: Songs & Stories of the Season performed by popular local readers and singers at the United Church, Ganges. December 18: Merry Monday in Fulford Harbour with a bonfire and sing-along led by folk legend Valdy. December 20 to 23: Newman Family Productions presents Christmas with Scrooge, a Salt Spring tradition since 1970! So there you have it, a taste of some of the joyful events and traditions that are taking place in the Southern Gulf Islands during the month of December. I hope you too will enjoy some of the magic of Christmas. And, for goodness' sake, on New Year's Day, watch out for all of those Polar Bears!
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RETAIL Style Savvy Cottons and Blues, in Sidney, is under new ownership. A familiar face at the store, Anna Savage has taken over the locallyloved jeans and casual-wear shop. Shop locally, at 2437 Beacon (at Fourth Street).
Fresh Space d.g.bremner & co. menswear has moved down Beacon, to the
On the Rocks by Reziah is a new clothing, accessory and jewelry business in Sidney. They offer handmade jewelry using semi-precious stones and crystals, and feature the unique “Ziah Skirt” made of sari fabric. Upstairs at 2405 Beacon Avenue.
Shared Digs Exciting news for Dig This and Muffet & Louisa! They are now sharing the Dig This space, at 9813 Third Street in
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Sidney. Everything you need for home and garden in one convenient location. Muffet & Louisa are carrying the same lines they did in the old shop, and will still have all the usual Christmas treasures.
Fond Farewell Jaylyn Jewellers has closed its doors after more than 30 years as part of the Sidney community. Looking forward to retirement, the owners close with thanks as it has been a pleasure serving customers all this time.
Pet Perfect Rascals Pet Market has opened at Brentwood Crossing Shopping Centre. They provide
raw and dry dog and cat food, natural treats and chews and supplements. They choose products that are made and sourced locally, and ensure that their hand-picked products are of the utmost quality. www.rascalspetmarket.com.
FOOD New Tastes The Indian Café is now open at the corner of Bevan and Fifth Street in Sidney. Owner Sahej Singh is new to Canada, and is cooking alongside his wife, Nav Preed, using his family's traditional spices and recipes to create gluten-free and
vegetarian Indian dishes from his native home in Punjab, India. Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Fresh Concept Toast Café has introduced a new style of service and a freshly renovated space. Seeking to eliminate long lines and wait times, they now serve freshly-made, ready-togo lunch specials including a daily variety of soups and paninis, as well as espresso and Italian gelato. Enjoy a hot meal prepared fresh daily during your lunch hour!
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Farm Goodness Lindsay and Jason Dault have opened Urban Bee Honey Farm, at 6440 West Saanich Road in Saanichton. Selling locally-sourced honey, each jar is labelled with the street on which the hives are located. Step up to the honey bar and taste your way around the
Saanich Peninsula! At Urban Bee, they pride themselves on their selection of delicious honey and infusions, their farm-raised livestock and unique gift ideas.
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and finding that "perfect gift" can be extremely challenging, particularly when it comes to buying for seniors. Simply put, many seniors seem to have almost everything, accumulated over the years, which can make it especially challenging to come up with a suitable by Shauna Dorko gift this holiday season. Owner, Sidney SeniorCare Here are some helpful gift ideas to consider: • Gifts that promote their safety – for example, assistive devices such as grab bars for the tub or bathtub anti-slip decals. A good pair of slippers with rubber treading will provide traction, helping to prevent a nasty fall. A pill organizer may be a good bet as well to ensure medication stays on track. • Gifts that stimulate their minds – books, crossword puzzles, word search games, etc. These items not only enhance their cognitive skills, but engage the senior while helping to pass the time. • Gifts that nurture their passions and interests – perhaps an annual membership to The Butchart Gardens or Royal B.C. Museum. This gift may require that someone take the senior there, so make sure that you or someone else will provide time and/or transportation for the outings. • Gifts of comfort food or festive treats – for example, baked goods, perhaps in conjunction with their favourite coffee or tea. Seniors love goodies and seasonal treats will be very appreciated, especially if you make them yourself. • Gifts that encourage a good night's sleep – sleep therapy or "white noise" machines not only promote restful slumber, but help to drown out disruptive street noises or noise coming from neighbouring suites. • The gift of sunshine – for example, light therapy lamps for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). In the winter months, the persistent rain and cloud cover on our beloved Island, with little natural light or sunshine, can be debilitating. Inclement weather, along with mobility issues, may prevent seniors from going outdoors, and lack of natural light may lead to depression and disturbed sleep cycles. • The gift of time – there truly is no better gift for a senior than the gift of yourself and your time. Many seniors are lonely, especially during the holiday season while the rest of us are rushing around. Seniors treasure visits from family and friends above all else. Help a senior get in the holiday spirit by helping to decorate their home, assist with their holiday shopping, and/or simply stop by with a Christmas card or some festive treats. Options that are not only economical, but valued in so many ways. Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Seniors" in the subject line.
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Big Hank’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas featuring Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band returns Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm. This is not the usual Christmas Show of standard Christmas carols you know but a tribute that gives you a look into the souls of these fabulous Blues Legends by sharing the Christmas Blues songs written by them. You will find it a very refreshing take on a Christmas Music Show.
Born with music in her blood and talent in her fingertips, Kreviazuk was an infant prodigy at the piano, later studying classical piano and voice. Following a motorcycle accident in 1994 in which the pianist suffered jaw and leg fractures, Kreviazuk began writing songs with pop sensibilities. Kreviazuk subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Canada at 22 years of age, despite never having performed live.
with humour, dancing, music, and audience participation this performance is fun for the whole family. At her christening, Princess Aurora is blessed by a group of fairies but cursed by a wicked fairy who was inadvertantly left off the guest list. However, her life appears to be developing normally until her 17th birthday when she pricks her finger and falls asleep for a hundred years. She is awakened by a young prince from nearby Langford (who is also the son of the wicked fairy) and who is expected to marry her - but there seems to be a snag. The local shopkeeper, her son and a young fairy try to help Aurora find a solution to the snag but the wicked fairy, aided by her henchmen, does her best to thwart their plans. Will she succeed
Uncle Wiggly will take you on a journey into the soul of some fabulous holiday blues songs written by the very legends of blues themselves!
Her debut album Under These Rocks and Stones was released to widespread acclaim in 1997, and Chantal has since become one of Canada’s most beloved artists. With a string of distinguished albums and singles, Chantal’s drive to expand her artistry has led her to become a highly sought-after songwriter, having penned hits for Pink, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Drake, among many others. Also known for her humanitarian work, Chantal and her husband Raine Maida are avid supporters of War Child Canada and were jointly appointed to the Order of Canada.
The world class Chantal Kreviazuk graces the Charlie White Theatre stage on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
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Ring in the New Year with the Timebenders at the Peninsula’s hottest party! Sunday, December 31, doors open at 7:30pm show at 8:30pm. (19+ event).
Featuring a collection of traditional Blues Christmas tunes from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s by the likes of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown and Etta James and many more.
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The Timebenders Experience is a musical romp through the ages featuring the best dance music and outrageous impersonations of the greatest stars over the last 60 years. A very fast-paced and high-energy presentation makes this show irresistible to dancers and with more than 22 costume changes and upbeat choreography, an exciting show to watch. Performers are constantly moving and rotating positions bringing you an ever-changing, fresh look and sound throughout the evening. as the Timebenders’ show covers almost every musical genre from the
vocally-charged harmonies of the 50s, the British Invasion, California and Motoen sound of the 60s, Glam Rock and Disco beats of the 70s, the New Wave of the 80s, Divas of the 90s, and even some surprises from this past decade and hits of today. Included in your ticket purchase is a wacky photo booth with unlimited photos, a glass of champagne and a fun assortment of New Year’s hats and noise makers.
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Festive Savoury Sweet Potato Pie The month of December is a time of amazing food-filled events. It's the time of holiday celebrations, friend and family gatherings, and maybe a little overindulging! Eating by Solara Goldwynn local during this winter month can be a little more challenging, as most Hatchet & Seed farmer's markets have shut down and our gardens don't have the same kind of abundance as in the summer and fall. However, there are still plenty of local food options available if you look for them. This month's recipe is a perfect dish to serve at a holiday dinner; you will surprise your guests with this flavourful local meal. The main ingredient is sweet potato, and although you may think I'm crazy, we can grow sweet potatoes here on the Island. They need a hot location and grow best with some protection (such as a cloche or in a greenhouse), but sweet potatoes are becoming a popular crop to grow with local farmers. A good source for local sweet potatoes is Dan's Farm in Central Saanich, and the Root Cellar in Saanich. I used delicata squash from Bullock Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island. Their beautiful farm sells at the Saturday market and they have CSA (community supported agriculture) box programs throughout the year. Delicata keeps into the winter and is a delicious, abundant squash to grow in the garden, and local squash is easy to find at various markets around the Peninsula this time of year. This savoury pie is topped with cranberry sauce that I made from scratch from local cranberries (Yellow Point Farm just outside of Ladysmith). Please enjoy this delicious dish with friends and family and have a wonderful holiday season! 26 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
Pie Crust: 1 cup unbleached white flour (I use Anita's Organic) ½ tsp sea salt 6 tbsp butter 4 tbsp cold water Mix first three ingredients in a food processor and slowly add in the cold water until it forms into a ball. Roll out and put into a pie pan. Pie Filling: 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into cubes and roasted in oven until tender 1 delicata squash cut, de-seeded and roasted in oven until tender 2 eggs ½ tsp sea salt 1 tsp chopped chives Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth, spoon into a piecrust and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Cranberry Sauce: 1 cup cranberries 1 tbsp honey ¼ tsp nutmeg Toppings: crumbled sheep's feta pumpkin seeds Spoon the cranberry sauce onto the cooled pie, and add the toppings. This lends a festive look to the pie, and also brings interesting texture and flavour to the whole experience. december 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 27
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fashion focus I am a single guy who works construction and has little time for fashion, but I still want to look good going to holiday parties. What do you recommend for a guy like me to have as a go-to look? If you are dressed in dark wash denim, clean-pressed cotton shirt and a sports jacket you will be ready to rock this holiday season. The sports jacket is not for everyone but take this into consideration. A structured blazer creates a stronger masculine shoulder line and gives the illusion of height. It’s also a great place to have your phone, business cards and even a handkerchief. Being prepared is a must. Besides, if you’re single, a gallant gesture of offering up a handkerchief goes a long way.
How do I repair the underwire in my bra when it pops out? Good bras are expensive and sometimes the wire pops out before the bra needs to be replaced. A cool trick I learned was using moleskin. It is a product you find in the foot care section of the drugstore. It has a soft texture and sticks well to the area that the wire has come through. Simply cut it to size and stick on the fabric. Now your bra is ready to support you, not hurt you.
Q: What is the best look for the holiday festive season? The LBD is classic, however if you want to razzle-dazzle your look go with the cool trends we are seeing. I love, love, love the little black dress with a twist: lots of texture, sheer weight and flirty accessories. If you want to feel sexy and festive go with a silk dress in green or red – this will turn all heads. Then there is the pajamas look with satin pants and a smoking jacket in velvet, strappy heels and a killer clutch. This is a joyful season for all ages; have some fun and try yourself on for size.
I bought a pair of shoes that I’m in love with but they don’t love my foot in one spot. They are too tight; what can I do at home? Leather is a stretchable product. With the exception of patent leather, croc or snake, the shoe can be stretched by simply applying heat. Put on a thick pair of socks and get out your blow dryer. Apply heat to the area you want to stretch and then walk around in the shoe. Repeat as needed.
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December Style Tip: I saw this a few days ago and was blown away with an extreme “Aha, why didn’t I think of that” moment. When hand washing a garment, to remove the excess water put items, one at a time, into a salad spinner. Think about it: when we ring out fabric we are stretching and pulling, therefore misshaping the product. The spinning does the job for you without stretching the fabric. I like nice things to look the way they did when I bought them and when I invest in luxury fabrics like silk or linen I want to keep them looking good. Spin it people! Wishing you all a styling holiday season. Thank you for all your great questions. See you next year. xo Shai
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The Richness of Life:
A Season of Gathering for Local First Nations by Adam Olsen MLA, Saanich North and the Islands
The W̱SÁNEĆ are
a wealthy people. The territory, the Saanich Peninsula, Southern Gulf Islands and Salish Sea, have always provided a plentiful bounty. The passing seasons were meticulously organized into the 13 moons of the W̱SÁNEĆ calendar. Each of the moons offered guidance throughout the year. Each moon's work a diligent preparation for the moon's that followed. In the spring and summer the W̱SÁNEĆ, or Salt Water People, travelled by large canoe throughout the Salish Sea to their summer camps in the Gulf Islands, fishing and developing and extracting the many other important resources of the territory. As the days grew shorter, through the fall, leading up to the winter, the W̱SÁNEĆ set their paddles down and retired to the longhouses lining the beaches of the sheltered, protected bays and inlets of the Saanich Peninsula. The resources gathered and stored during the earlier moons generated tremendous wealth and comfort. A complex trade network created a vibrant marketplace for trade. Food was abundant and rich in nutrients and countless other raw materials and medicines were harvested and refined. Under the relentless and persistent rains of the winter months it was not safe for the W̱SÁNEĆ to venture far by canoe, so they spent their time close to home. They worked processing raw materials into finished product, mending nets, weaving blankets, making rope and other tools and hunting ducks and geese on the local beaches, marshes and wetlands. Life was more than work though. In the dark days of winter is when the W̱SÁNEĆ celebrated the richness of life. Families were together. They enjoyed each other's company. Children learned from their elders how to craft tools, make blankets and process foods and medicines. Grand feasts were held and the wealth distributed throughout the family and village. Sacred rituals, ceremonies and initiations were carried out in public and private. The time of year was marked by singing, dancing and game playing next to the hot fire. All ages were together and stories were shared through skits and short plays. There are many differences between our modern world and the world of my W̱SÁNEĆ ancestors. As we reflect on the differences, it is impossible to ignore the similarities with cultures the world wide. The dark and gloomy days of fall and winter are spent celebrating the success and wealth collected in earlier months. Families reconnected and enjoyed each other's company, teaching and learning, feasting and dancing.
Cultures from around the world pause at year's end and celebrate the passing months and the months to come. At this time of year we nurture what brings us together, what unites us. In my village, Tsartlip, we still gather and celebrate. A huge turkey feast is spread out on the tables in the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ School gym and the families join together to share stories and renew acquaintances. Old traditions are maintained and some new ones are acquired. Either through the wonder of modern technology or perhaps a well-connected community member, we have even convinced the jolly elf of the North Pole to take an evening off and join in the celebrations. Shortly after the buffet line has been exhausted, bellies full with the delicious turkey dinner and the spirits lifted with conversation, if you listen closely you can hear the jingle bells and full-throated Ho, Ho, Ho. It is, and always has been, the best time of the year.
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The Spirit of Sidney
The Spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Sidney, from the festive decorations, sparkling lights on the streets and cheery, colourful shop windows of local merchants to the Christmas in Sidney program organized by the Sidney BIA and the wonderful Annual Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade coordinated by the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Every year, Christmas in Sidney is a marvellous culmination of all of these elements, combined with the generosity and loving hearts of the people of the Saanich Peninsula who haven't forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. One such group of citizens are the organizers and volunteers of the Annual Community Christmas Dinner. The dinner is coordinated by Wendy Warshawski, with the assistance of over 30 volunteers. Volunteers are coordinated by Isabelle Yoxall, and Jim Dunn, along with other Sidney Lion's members, provides transportation for people who need a ride to and from the event.
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The Dinner is held at the Mary Winspear Centre on Christmas Day and attracts between 200 and 250 people of all ages who would otherwise be alone at Christmas. It is catered by Clara Knight with food supplied by three of the area's major grocery stores: Fairway Market, Sidney Save-On-Foods and Thrifty Foods Sidney. The delectable desserts are provided by Brentwood Bay's Breadstuffs Bakery. Guests are also treated to entertainment and a visit from Santa, who stops by to pass out gifts and spread some Christmas cheer. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with two sittings: one at 11:30 a.m. and a second at 1 p.m. (to register in advance from now until December 20 call 250-656-7678). The Peninsula's Annual Community Christmas Dinner is steeped in tradition and the spirit of Christmas. Like a page from the Charles Dickens Classic, A Christmas Carol, the ongoing story of the Dinner can melt the heart of even the staunchest Scrooge. It all began 18 years ago with a lovely woman named Jeanette Hughes. Many people on the Peninsula will remember Jeannette as an outstanding community volunteer. Among other things, she served on Sidney Town Council, created Access Awareness Day and was the advocate for improvements and policies that design our streets and public facilities to make them accessible to people with disabilities. As well, she was one of the key founders of the Community Christmas Dinner. What's more is that she did all of this from a wheelchair, as Jeanette herself suffered from MS. Although Jeannette was never alone at Christmas, she recognized that many other people were and she was compelled to do something about that. This was the impetus for the Community Christmas Dinner. Jeanette passed away April 10, 2013, but others in the community have led the charge and carried on this wonderful community feast. One of those people was John Mackelson, who spent many years
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as the chef behind the Christmas Dinner, working alongside caterer Clara Knight. John was a French-trained chef who worked for Thrifty Foods for over 20 years in their Thrifty Food Kitchens. Tragically, John was killed in a motorcycle accident in April 2015. The organizers of the Christmas Dinner continue to carry out the tradition in honour of these two amazing community drivers, and I think they would be proud and pleased by this. In a roundabout way, Jeanette has touched my life personally. I only met her once and it was very briefly. But, through her, I met her daughter Maureen. This was four years ago when Jeannette was posthumously presented with the Mayor's Community Builder award. Maureen accepted on behalf of the family and since that time, we have developed what I know will be a lifelong friendship. The year after Jeanette died, Maureen volunteered at the Community Dinner. She said it was a way of being close to her mom as she knew that, of all the important projects her mother worked on, the Annual Community Christmas Dinner was the one closest to her heart. I see the essence of her mother in Maureen and the many other volunteers involved with the Christmas Dinner – people who are so incredibly thoughtful, always giving, always thinking of others and always inspiring the true spirit of Christmas all year long.
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Want to add some "Whoot Whoot" into your Winter Workouts? We know that exercise keeps us stronger and leaner, improves mood, reduces disease risk and increases energy levels so we can enjoy life. However, it can be tough to get moving when you'd rather be cozied up on the couch. Finding the inspiration to exercise is challenging in the colder, gloomy winter months. So how do we do it? Well, here are some tried and true strategies that work for me AND my clients: 1. Choose your time wisely. The key to a more enjoyable workout is knowing your peak energy periods and tapping into one of them. Whether you sing with the early birds or hoot with the night owls, get 'er done when your energy levels are high. 2. Schedule it. Now that you know your prime exercise time, book your workouts into your calendar. Treat this time commitment as you would an important specialist's appointment. Make the decision that your health and fitness are a priority and you are worth your own time. 3. Find a workout buddy. Partner up with a friend or family member and create your own accountability system. On the days you may feel less inclined to exercise, you can rely on your buddy to help motivate you to get to the gym or go for an awesome walk. Sweating alongside a friend can be a load of fun! 4. Register for a fitness program. Putting your money where your mouth is leads to a greater commitment to your fitness regime. Signing up for a fitness program is a great option if you are interested in trying something new and you enjoy the energy of a
group atmosphere. The Saanich Peninsula offers an amazing array of winter friendly choices such as indoor pickle ball, Pilates, yoga, group strength training, boot camp, swimming and tennis. 5. Sign up for a Community Fitness Event: Register for a fitness-related event like a local 5K run/walk, cycling race, or tennis tournament. This will give you a goal to train towards and often has the added bonus of supporting a good cause in our community. 6. Hire a personal trainer. Having a fitness professional support and expertly guide and motivate you can be a fantastic option if you are new to training or returning to an exercise routine after some time away. Personal trainers provide support and encouragement to hold you accountable, while infusing your workouts with fresh, safe and inspiring movements to keep you evolving healthily towards your goals. If the cost of personal sessions is a deterrent, some studios and gyms offer group personal training which provide many of the benefits of private sessions at a fraction of the cost. 7. Set up a personal reward system. If you complete your scheduled weekly workouts for a month, reward yourself with a fitness-related treat like a new pair of running shoes, a massage, a pedicure, or some new exercise gear. An incentive-based fitness program really does keep the fire stoked and burning bright all winter long. With spring just a few short months away, use your winter months wisely. Now is the time to build and maintain your fitness level so you can comfortably enjoy all the activities the warmer weather has to offer.
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stories from the S ky
The Victoria International Airport is a busy place where people come and go as daily flights arrive and depart. Travellers move with determination to make connections or wait anxiously for loved ones to arrive. Airports are places of joy and sadness, departures and reunions. Everyone has a story, and it’s here that we’ll be sharing some of them.
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to arrive can be anxious, eager, distracted, focused; in fact, the manner in which each husband waits in anticipation is as unique as each marriage. Some sit quietly looking up occasionally at the Arrivals Board; others pace with cell phone in hand. “I'm waiting for my wife Marie. She's flying in from Vancouver," says Michael Langley. “She's coming in from Brandon," shares Bruce Maybank. “She's been seeing old friends." Family bonds and friendship ties prompted these trips. Bruce's wife Karen Foubert had planned her trip for awhile. Michael's wife Marie wanted to spend time with her sister and children. And, while both fellows understand the importance of wives reconnecting with loved ones, they also know that the days of being apart have begun to add up. “I've been baching it for a while now, about 11-and-a-half days," shares Michael, adding: “Well the evenings get kind of lonely sometimes you know." “Yes, it's been nine days since I last saw her," Bruce says. It can seem a long time when you're apart, and seeing someone again is confirmation. “We've been staying in touch more or less by texting, but it's not the same as talking," says Michael. All kinds of travellers arrive at the gate. Some stroll through without meeting anyone, others into the arms of another. And for those who have been waiting to hear their spouse's voice again and have the opportunity to talk face to face, it's a unique reunion as unique as each couple.
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shares Lynn Evans. Ron and Lynn Evans have been all over the Island: Langford, Victoria, Sooke, Nanaimo and Courtenay. The days have been full with travel, conversation, and dinners. “Sometimes you just get so busy with your own life,” shares Lynn. “You lose touch with people.” Lynn grew up in the Langford area over 37 years ago, and has definitely noticed some changes. But somehow when you reconnect with family, the surface changes fade away. You pick up where you left off last time. “We live in a world where there’s value in material things, but it’s important to see how valuable people are,” says Ron. “There’s nothing more important.” Heading off to the gate, the couple may be leaving the island, but they take with them a suitcase full of memories and experiences to last until the next visit. 40 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
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Airports are not always about hellos, sometimes it’s about goodbyes. Vacations end and it’s time to return to work. Visits with family are over, and it’s time to head home. Paulette and Brian Reamer have been on holiday in Victoria and are returning to their home in Alberta. “Everyone says come to Victoria, so we did!” says Paulette, adding: “It’s just so beautiful here.” While it’s been a good break for the couple enjoying local sightseeing spots like Butchart Gardens, they’re enthusiastic to return home. “I’m looking forward to seeing my grandkids,” shares Paulette. Sometimes airport departures prompt mixed emotions. Sitting waiting, luggage at their side, a couple chat and check their cell phones. “We’re heading off to Calgary. We’ve been visiting family on the Island,”
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Airport gates are like portals through which we pass on our way to another experience or stage in life. We fly out for a job experience, and then, a year later, fly out from the same airport for a vacation we’ve been planning for a long time. It’s early evening, and a young woman quietly sits in the Arrivals rotunda. “I’m waiting for my boyfriend. He’s coming in from Prince Rupert,” says Josephine Simpson. Josephine’s boyfriend Alex Browne works in the field of environmental remediation. “He works in diverse sites,” she shares. “Sometimes it might be an old gas station. Sometimes pipes from an old hydrant have creosote in them and that’s not good for the soil.” As our dialogue continues it quickly ation becomes apparent that a ry
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November Meeting by Deborah Rogers
Our last meeting of the year took place at the Library's Nell Horth room. We met to discuss Annie Hartnett's Rabbit Cake, a slightly eccentric new novel set in Alabama and narrated by the 12-year-old Elvis Babbitt. I won't be spoiling the plot to reveal that when we meet Elvis she is recently bereaved and the course of the book tells the story of her – and her dad and sister – trying to come to terms with the loss of her mom. Animals are threaded through the book. Mom was a zoologist and Elvis does much of her decoding of the world through her interactions with animals. There's the zoo where she volunteers, the family dog, her father's parrot (who happens to speak with the voice of her mother), mole rats, real rats, and of course the rabbit cakes which figuratively and practically save her elder sister's life. Hartnett has crammed the story full of wacky characters, incredible incidents and unexpected plot twists and as such it was full of memorable moments for us to talk about. But most readers felt that comedic value was pushed at the expense of a careful plot. We were 44 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
incredulous at the way some of the adults in Elvis' world behaved, and doubted that a child was the right choice to narrate what is really quite a dark tale. I was reassured to discover that I wasn't the only reader to have finished the book in floods of tears: I seemed to have taken a journey through grief just like Elvis! After we'd said all we could about Elvis and her unusual family, we turned our thoughts to a review of the year's reading – reflecting on some of the books that have crossed our reading piles that we wouldn't have met otherwise, and sharing with each other how that reading led on to other books. I asked everyone to recommend something that they had really enjoyed reading this year, as well as the stand-out successes from our monthly meetings. They are not all new releases, but the selected reading list is Seaside Magazine Book Club approved! I'm very happy to have connected with so many keen readers in our community through this first year of our Book Club. I have conversations every week with those who haven't come to the meetings but are reading along and enjoying the write-ups – thanks to you all for your support and encouragement. Enormous thanks also to Virginia and the staff of the Sidney/North Saanich library who have really facilitated the practical aspects for us. Ordering in the book club sets of books, handling the enquiries and late returns, and acting as a great advocate for the group, as well as organizing a space for us to meet in! Last, but certainly not least, are Courtney and the staff at Quince Café who have provided coffee and delicious treats at all our meetings, ensuring even the hardest to read books are a pleasure to discuss: we value your community support.
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WHERE ARE WE IN THE CYCLE? By: James McCrodan, December 2017 Issue I’m referring to the Business Cycle: the period of time measuring a full cycle from recessionary trough to recessionary trough. Understanding the Business Cycle is important for both generating returns and managing capital risk. The latter being the main objective as we enter the late innings of the current cycle. The Business Cycle we track is that of the U.S., simply because it represents such a large chunk of global GDP.
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Market corrections associated with recession tend to be longer in duration and slower to recover than those triggered by a specific event. For this reason, it is important to have a clear understanding of the Business Cycle, and where we stand in it is crucial. An asset allocation strategy relying on the Business Cycle can help to improve returns and limit drawdowns in a portfolio. In our assessment of where we stand in the Business Cycle, we consider key indicators such as output gap, employment and the yield curve. Typical late stage conditions include low unemployment (upward pressure on wages), near full capacity utilization (upward pressure on the price of goods) and a resulting increased rate of inflation. Increasing inflation will prompt action from the Federal Reserve Board as they increase short rates to cool inflation.
Cooling inflation also cools the economy and puts downward pressure on earnings. Stock markets are anticipatory by nature and in the past have started to sell down around six months in advance of the official start to the recession. Keep in mind that stock market sell-offs are an imperfect recessionary indicator It s an old joke that markets have predicted seven of the last four recessions. So where exactly are we? Well, the best estimate resulting from our analyses suggests 2019 could be the start of the next recession. The typical relationship between the Business Cycle and the relative performance of asset classes implies continued outperformance of equities versus bonds through to mid2018. However, things can change which is why continued monitoring of indicators is essential in the coming months.
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Shop Local, Shop Small. Mattick’s Farm, with its unique collection of independently owned shops, is the heart of the Cordova Bay community. Just 20 minutes from the ferry, airport or downtown Victoria, it’s easy to reach from any direction. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness … just didn’t know where to go shopping!
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We love shoes as much as you do.
Holiday Sleepwear Headquarters Join us at Lily Pad Lingerie this holiday season for our fabulous selection of PJ prints and nighties from Bedhead, PJ Salvage, La Cera and Kay Anna. Team your sleepwear with a classy Zip Robe from Diamond Tea in Royal Blue, Spruce Green, Black or Bordeaux.
Is It Too Late To Be Good? At Sunday’s Snowflakes we will be good to you and help you choose the greatest outfit or the greatest gift. Sunday’s Snowflakes – Absolutely. Positively. Perfect. Happy Holidays! Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499 sundaysnowflakes.com
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Hand Painted Candles Nestled amongst all the cute Scandinavian elves and ornaments are our new handpainted The candles from Lithuania. Perfect for at Mattick’s Farm the candle lover in your life!
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Open Mon to Sat 10-530; 11-5 Sundays | 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • A Stable Way of Life • Cordova Hair • Ladybug Boutique Paletteable Pottery & Art Studio • Paper Chain • Seaberry Garden & Flower • Something More
Christmas has arrived at Paletteable Pottery!
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Now is a great time to drop in with the family and create your own one of a kind hand painted gifts. We are your favorite paint your own pottery studio. All ages welcome!
Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-akind hand-chosen greeting cards, an amazing selection of unique giftware and treasures that will put a smile on your face. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines. Paper Chain 250.658.2725 Open Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm
Paletteable Pottery and Arts Studio Tall Tree Building, Mattick’s Farm 778.430.ARTS www.paletteablepottery.com
Swedish Angel Chimes Ring in a special Christmas season with the return of Swedish Angel Chimes! The Ladybug is filled to the rafters with our Scandinavian specialties, our fabulous selection of unscented candles is restocked, and all of the locally made pottery, glass and jewelry is set to go, too! Call if you are searching for a special something and like us on Facebook to The get a treat!
Back to Basics by Natasha Tanner Miller Our 3rd Annual Holiday Group show “Illumination of Love” is in support of BC Children’s Hospital foundation. Running now to December 31st.
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The Perfect Spot, at Any Time of Day!
A Holiday Garden & Floral Experience! Seaberry Garden & Flower is all decked out for your holiday season! Wreaths and Christmas trees adorn this enchanted garden centre. Co-owner Josh and his team are creating stunning floral arrangements, centrepieces and planters. Unique giftware and spectacular service are all waiting for you at Seaberry! Seaberry Garden & Flower 250.590.3777 seaberrygarden.ca
ADRIENNE’S RESTAURANT & TEA GARDEN
High Tea – Come and visit our Bakery, Deli and Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon High Tea. We also offer Afternoon Tea plate and Kid’s Tea plate! Book your reservations for Christmas High Tea, try our Linzer and Mocha tortes, Christmas Stollen and GF Fruitcake. Happy Holidays!
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My Camino Adventure I was approaching my mid-60s and I needed an adventure! I read an article about the Camino, followed that with a documentary at UVic and I was hooked! This old man decided to walk 552 miles across France and Spain. I said I was old … for you young 'uns that's 920 kilometres. Most people know the Camino from the film The Way with Martin Sheen. The Camino Francés, or Way of St. James, has its roots as a pilgrimage that was started in the 12th century. The idea of a pilgrimage appealed to me because more than 12 years after I lost my wife to cancer, I was still dealing with her loss. But the Camino can be whatever you want it to be. You can walk alone or walk with other " pilgrims." You can stay in large dormitory rooms in albergues (hostels), or in the hundreds of villages along the way you are able to find shared or even private rooms. Most albergues also offer "pilgrim meals" for incredible prices and the meals are delicious. Did I mention they come with fresh baked bread and all the red wine that you can drink? The Camino is 790 kilometres from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. At the end of it, I didn't feel quite done, so I walked another 130 kilometres to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Muxia. The entire journey for me was 33 days, walking mostly six- to seven-hour days. My pace was a bit on the brisk side. There is so much information on the Internet on the Camino that by Ted Daly
it can be terribly overwhelming. I spent countless hours doing my research. The best advice I can give anyone though is don't carry more than about 20 pounds in your backpack, a pair of trekking poles is a must and bring two changes of clothes. The most important thing is to choose the proper footwear. My feet at journey's end had nary a blemish, while I saw many raw, blistered and bleeding feet. There are so many villages along the way that within a reasonable distance you will always be able to get water, fresh fruit or some sort of nourishment. I passed through hundreds of quaint villages, saw jaw-dropping scenery, incredible old Roman bridges and astounding architecture. The Camino can get quite crowded in the summer months and sometimes there is a scramble for beds. I walked in May and June when it was less crowded and the weather was mostly favourable. The Camino met and surpassed all of my expectations. I can only describe it as life changing, and I will talk non-stop to anyone that wants to ask me questions about it. It was such a life changer for me that I shocked my kids and got a tattoo as a lifelong reminder of my journey. Walking is now in my blood: this year I walked The Kerry Way in Ireland and next year I am off to the Via Francigena in Italy. You can read my blog at www. https://tedscamino.wordpress.com. I would be more than pleased to talk anyone's ear off one on one or in small groups. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. december 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 51
Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.
When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.
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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services
Muffet & Louisa
One Stop Furniture Shop Need last minute gift ideas? Anniversary / Fundraiser sale ends December 15th.
Muffet & Louisa There’s always something new going on in Sidney and we’ve learned that plans are never set in stone! October brought us some big changes and we want to let you know that we have MOVED to a new home. We are now cohabiting with Dig This at 9813 Third Street! Thanks to Margot and her Dig This team, as well as wonderful help from many friends, the move went smoothly and we re-opened on November 12 to supply all your Christmas treats and treasures, including the Krinkles by Patience Brewster and delicious imported goodies from Europe. Of course, our staples came too! Bedlinens, Caldrea, Chilewich, JMB Leather, maple boards by Ann and Mo Thibeault, All-Clad Cookware, soaps and personal care products from Italy and France … the list goes on! We have snuggled it all into our new “tiny home,” and while it is much cozier than our old store, if it gets too crowded in M&L, there is lots of space to wander around and shop in Dig This while you wait. With everything you need for the home and garden in one convenient space, we are without a doubt your destination for Christmas shopping in Sidney this year! Thank you to all our faithful customers who follow us wherever we go; we can’t wait to welcome you into our new space.
From our family to yours:
Merry Christmas and All the Very Best for 2018 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St, Sidney
Add a little whimsy to your Christmas this year! Krinkles by Patience Brewster are here. Stop in soon for the best selection. 250.656.0011 9813 Third St, Sidney muffetandlouisa.com
Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum is a Full Service Salon located in the heart of Sidney, B.C. Whether receiving a Platinum Pedicure or a Colour and Cut service, all our staff are highly experienced and will be sure to exceed your expectations! 250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave, Sidney goingplatinumhairdesign.ca
Acanthus by the Sea Home Décor Inc. Unique home and garden design solutions in a refreshing shopping experience right in the heart of Sidney. Black Friday Sale – on now until Christmas. Up to 70% off EVERYTHING in store! 778.426.4436 #11 - 9843 Second St, Sidney acanthusbythesea.ca
Dockside Realty Welcome to our Gallery of Gulf Island Artwork and Real Estate Properties. Come and meet Suzi, your local Real Estate Agent, providing full services for the Peninsula and Victoria regions. 250.656.5062 9713 A Second St email@example.com
You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.
Deep Cove Customs Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 | deepcovecustoms.com 2071 Malaview Ave Sidney (call for appt.)
Beacon Pet Hospital We provide care and treatment to a wide range of pets including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits and pocket pets. Additional time for each visit is scheduled to ensure the best pet care is provided. Bring your pets to experience our high quality services. For special offers visit our website. 250.656.5568 | 9711 A Fifth St, Sidney beaconpethospital.ca
Wine Kitz Sidney "Whatever the mood, no matter the moment, create your own Atmosphere™!" An independent, family-run business, Wine Kitz Sidney is a retail and on-premises wine-making facility. Locally owned and operated and celebrating 15 years in business, Wine Kitz offers excellent quality and award-winning wines. 250.654.0300 | winekitzsidney.ca #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney
Galleon Books & Antiques Selling and buying Antiques, Books, Collectibles and Jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney
Brown's The Florist Add a fresh festive touch to your home décor with flowers from Brown's The Florist – winter greens that bring the fragrance of the season inside. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave Downtown: 250.388.5545 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd brownsflorist.com
Acanthus by the Sea Home Décor Inc. Acanthus by the Sea offers a very eclectic range of home and garden design solutions not seen at any other shop. We carry original art from Europe and Montreal, as well as elegant mirrors and interior home décor items evoking timeless beauty. At Acanthus you'll find original fine furnishings in kiln-dried mahogany marble and leather, along with Persian rugs and bronze to encompass the total home showcase experience. These pieces intermix with bronze urns, onyx and marble polished stone sinks and bathroom sets. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance, right here in Sidney, to inspire, create and reinvent your home décor. Stop by to chat about in-home colour consultation, furniture placement and project management. Or, to further enhance your home, Acanthus offers custom upholstery, draperies and blinds and a huge selection of fine fabrics. We even sell mirrors that are also TV's! Looking for a special gift? Acanthus is a great spot for unique and hard-to-find items. Please come and join us for our "Black Friday Sale" on now until Christmas: up to 70% off everything!
Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Lotus Village Yoga At Lotus Village Yoga we welcome new students with a first time, one-month unlimited pass for only $55! Located in quiet farmland, we are a dedicated Therapeutic Yoga Studio with small classes – flow yoga, recovery from injury and relax – we can meet all of your needs.
Capital Cat Clinic
A quiet, spacious and gentle environment on the Peninsula, dedicated to cats only.
Capital Cat Clinic Capital Cat Clinic is a full-service veterinary hospital in the heart of the Saanich Peninsula, dedicated to the sole care of cats. “We know cats and we want to help you keep them healthy!” says owner Dr. Jackie Lee. “Feline practice is an exciting field to work in and I feel privileged to work with cats and their owners.” “Cats need the same level of care as dogs, but studies show that they do not visit the vet nearly as often as dogs. Cats conceal the signs of illness and so the annual exam is essential to pick up signs of disease early and get treatment started. This is especially true of cats nine years of age and older and any cat who is losing weight.” The Clinic offers routine wellness exams, non-adjuvanted vaccines, house calls, anesthesia, surgery, X-ray, dentistry, lab testing , grooming and boarding all on site. Dr. Lee grew up in Ireland and received her DVM from the University of Dublin Trinity College. Three years after graduation, Dr. Lee moved to Canada. She worked in small-animal practice in Alberta, and then in Victoria, before deciding to build a cat hospital. She lives on the Saanich Peninsula with her family and two long-haired cats, Missy and Mini and a Collie named Charlie.
Medical care, surgery, X-Ray, dentistry, anesthetics, boarding and grooming are all on site. 250.881.1218 | 5411 Hamsterly Rd Saanich | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vibes Fitness After almost two years of pain, Bill has regained his active lifestyle and put joy back into his life. Why not you! A safe, supportive and effective workout guided by a trainer. Ask us about our Holiday Promotions and make 2018 Life Changing! 778.426.2146 | vibesfitness.ca 2506 Beacon Avenue
Take 2 Personal Training Want to lose fat, gain lean shapely muscle and boost your energy levels in a welcoming private studio?
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Join Michelle this January for the 12-week New Years’ Evolution program.
Red's Chair If nobody is asking who did your hair, it's time for a visit to Red's Chair! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook in December for Christmas specials!
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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley If there are any events in the arts world coming up on the Peninsula, please let us know via: email@example.com. There's something for every member of the family this month. Celebrate the season!
The Celtic Tenors Christmas The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as one of the most successful Classical Crossover artists to have come out of Ireland. Their eclectic mix of classical, folk, Irish and pop as well as holiday classics will surely put you in the Christmas mood. More about the group at www.celtic-tenors.com. December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre Former Moscow Circus star Gregory Popovich leaves his regular Las Vegas gig behind to tour his juggling, clown and pet tricks act for a special presentation of "Holiday Circus". The show is a unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and
for every occasion
the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets including dogs, cats, goats, geese, parrots and even a miniature horse. Voted Best Family Show in Vegas! Family packages available. December 9 at 1 p.m., Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, University of Victoria.
The Storybook Nutcracker Ballet Étoile presents "The Storybook Nutcracker," a unique production bringing the classic Nutcracker story to life with engaging narration and vibrant costumes. At just over 60 minutes long, this version of the Nutcracker is perfectly suited to younger audience members and first time ballet attendees. Watch for the Sugar Plum Fairies! December 10 at 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
Tidings: Allison Crowe with Céline Sawchuk Canada's amazing Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle and bodhran) will pair with exquisite cellist/ vocalist Celine Sawchuk to bring "Tidings" – music for the season. Tidings delivers comforts and joys – stirring together traditional Christmas and holiday favourites from
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English, French and German repertoires, with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, roots and soul. December 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
Artisans Gift Gallery Procrastinators rejoice! The Artisans Gift Gallery is open this month through to December 22. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list and support the local arts community at the same time. From unusual Christmas ornaments to unique jewelry and soft handwoven and knitted clothing, the displays show off beautifully handcrafted work from 48 local artisans. Supported by the ArtSea Community Arts Council. See article on pg. 85. ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. Open Tuesday through Sunday to December 22; closed Mondays.
Peninsula Players' Sleeping Beauty Once again the Players will perform an engaging and fun Christmas pantomime perfect for the whole family. This novel reworking of the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is filled with humour, dancing, music
and audience participation. Will the wicked fairy succeed or will goodness triumph? December 15 to 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 2 p.m. at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Drive. December 22, 23 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and December 26, 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. Tickets are available via www.marywinspear.ca or by calling 250-656-0275.
A Child's Christmas in Wales "Always on Christmas night there was music…" A Vox Humana tradition. Dylan Thomas' quintessential Christmastime story is read by Welshman Melville Jones and accompanied by carols. Enjoyed best with friends and family, and fun for all ages! Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Admission by donation at the door. December 23 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 1973 Cultra Avenue, Saanichton. December 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria.
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Wishing you all the best for the holiday season!
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keekeeklean professional house cleaning Once a luxury reserved for the privileged few, house-cleaning services these days are an absolute necessity for many people trying to juggle two jobs and raising a family. As the industry becomes mainstream and competitive, some companies are adding an extra glossy shine on their services. Keekeeklean professional house cleaning service in Sidney puts the "wow factor" into creating an immaculate home environment. "Don't worry, be happy, we clean and we are snappy!" is the upbeat message of keekeeklean professional house cleaning service. The passionate owner, Katherine Margetts, sets a standard of excellence for her company where staff go above and beyond to leave a home squeaky clean from corner to corner. They serve residential to commercial customers from Sidney and the Peninsula to Victoria, with a present expansion into Langford. Their services include professional house cleaning, scheduled maid services, move-out cleaning, and vacation rental, office and construction cleaning. "The 'wow factor' is very important," confides Katherine. "We go the extra mile to make everything sparkle." A counter top is scrubbed until it gleams, towels are neatly stacked, a throw-cover tastefully positioned. LOCAL It is more than just a job to the entrepreneur and her staff: "Would SPORTSWEAR you like someone who can get to know every nook and cranny of by Doreen Marion Gee
your house and care for it like it was her own? Quality control and my team are of the highest standard and more importantly, we care about getting it right for you" (website). They practice what they preach: "We require a minimum appointment time of two hours to ensure that our cleaners are guaranteed enough time to make your house sparkle from top-to-bottom!" and "our affordable rates complement our world class customer service and attention to detail." The wow factor involves a genuine respect for customers – the same cleaning person comes every week, "someone you can get to know … for the long term." Out of consideration for possible allergies, all their "green" cleaning supplies are 100% eco-friendly. The owner takes pride in treating her staff well, another wow-worthy aspect of keekeeklean professional house cleaning. "Our cleaners are reliable, trustworthy, fully trained, well paid and happy" says Katherine, who is presently expanding her employee base. Her enterprise is registered, licensed, insured, and WCB protected. The company is vigilant about who they send into people's homes: "All staff have recent criminal record checks and references are available upon request." As to the value of Katherine's services: "$60 will save your sanity!" And add some "wow" to your life. Contact: www.keekeeklean.ca for more information.
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by Dr. Kristen Bovee Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic Hydrate IV Wellness Centre
Staying Healthy Through the Holidays
The holiday season is exciting and busy! It is also a time we can feel run-down and overwhelmed. We all want to have a healthy and positive season so we can enjoy all the festivities and cheer. The following are five health-giving things you can do for yourself to make sure your holidays are Merry and Bright! 1) Keep sugar to a minimum. The negative effects of sugar on our body are well documented. Sugar, in its many forms, can stimulate inflammation as well as make us less capable in fighting bacterial infections. In order to keep it to a minimum, drink a glass of water prior to meals (not too much to dilute your digestive enzymes), and eat as much of "the good stuff" as you can muster. Your blood sugar levels will remain stable and if you end up having a sweet treat, you will likely not consume as much. 2) Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential to the body but there are many of us out there that can't get enough. When we don't sleep, it impairs our ability to heal and we end up sick. To get better rest, do not exercise or watch intense television (news) one or two hours prior to bedtime. It is Motiv too 01 stimulating, making it more difficult to relax at 2-spaltig 92 mm x 155 mm bedtime. My go-to sleep remedies are melatonin and passionflower extract; both canMotif be found at health food stores. 01 2-column advertisement 3) Stay hydrated. When we are dehydrated, we stress many of our 92 mm x 155 mm format organs (liver, kidneys, brain) and immune system that rely on proper hydration to do their jobs. If you are one who just can't remember to drink, I recommend setting an alarm to remind you every few hours to drink, carry a glass or stainless steel water bottle with you
wherever you go, or keep several on hand (in your car, at work and beside your bed). This way you are constantly reminded that water is there. Caffeinated beverages, soda and alcohol do not count and often achieve the opposite; they cause more water loss from our bodies. 4) Take your vitamins. There can be confusion as to what to take, but it's safe to say that we are malnourished to some degree and can benefit from a few important supplements, especially during the holidays. My suggestion during the winter season is to take vitamin D (2,000 IU per day) and have zinc lozenges throughout the week. Zinc is a cofactor for our immune system to function properly along our mucosal membranes: the places where bugs typically enter our bodies and cause infection. 5) Consider a natural immune support. We don't all need to take "stuff" to be healthy but there are times when we still get run down and are more susceptible to infections. My two favourite immune tonics include Astragalus and Mushroom blends that contain reishi, maitake, shiitake and cordyceps. Astragalus is a chinese herb that builds our defenses and supports energy; medicinal mushrooms directly stimulate the production of natural killer cells (NK cells) that are our first line of defense against infection. We all wish for health and happiness for our loved ones during the holiday season but we often forget ourselves. By following some of these simple recommendations you too can keep your immune system strong and stay well through the season.
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A Wonderful Holiday Tradition by Peter Isles
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Pantomimes are "Tomfoolery in drag," but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, when Humpty Dumpty's crown is retrieved from the ocean floor, the underwater nymphs perform a ballet sequence accompanied by Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Other productions may even have extravagant transformation scenes for Prince Charming's palace and Aladdin's cave of hidden treasures. Pantomimes, or pantos for short, were real moneymakers for the producers. Metropolitan theatres would be packed night after night from Boxing Day to mid-January, and even longer. Hundreds of families ventured forth into the worst flesh-numbing winter weather to spend a couple of hours of unusual merriment and sophistication. During layovers, several famous movie stars found panto engagements profitable. Can you imagine Peter Lore, the movie star (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon) wearing yellow tights as the "Yellow Peril" in a West End production of Humpty Dumpty? Yes, he did, with the expected boos and hisses from the audience. Basically, a pantomime is clean family entertainment based on a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. The three most popular are Cinderella, Aladdin, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Rarely seen is Sleeping Beauty, which our own local amateur pantomime enthusiasts, The Peninsula Players, are currently rehearsing. For those still wondering about the "cross-dresssing," it should be 62 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
Happy Holidays Thank You to All Our Clients & Friends for Your Support Over the Last Year. Wishing You All the Best in 2018! New Clients Welcome! remembered that where women were not available, the show still had to go on. An all-male cast is an ancient theatre tradition going back to medieval times, making a virtue of necessity, In the professional theatre of today, the so-called "Dame" is often a popular stage or TV comedian, or other top-of-the-bill performer. He is, in a sense, the kingpin of the whole thing. Dressed as the mother of Cinderella, Aladdin, or other character, he is expected to give two or three comic monologues of his own devising, and often he gets a laugh out of any recent faux-pas made by any well known political figure. These laughs call for clever, topical lines that only the adults can appreciate. When he finishes his chat with the audience, a circus fright wig may emphasize his final gag. Audience participation gives families a chance to laugh and sing together with a performer in a new novelty song. Further interaction with the artists is seen when the children give advice to the on-stage hero of the story. When, for instance, Aladdin asks the children to let him know when his wicked uncle is around, trying to steal his magic lamp, even three year olds will shout back: "He's behind you!" This gives the parents an opportunity to watch the eager responses of their youngsters, just as they would at the circus. It may sound like an opportunity for hooliganism, but a good performer never lets it get out of hand. Pantomimes are a wonderful tradition, calling for all the ingenuity of the director and his actors, with the full support of eager stagehands. We can only imagine the fun the Peninsula Players are having during their pre-Christmas rehearsals. We wish them well, and look forward to an hour or two of good entertainment with them. Sleeping Beauty features a live band playing songs from The Beatles: December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 2 p.m. at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Drive, and December 22, 23 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and December 26, 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. Tickets are available via www.marywinspear.ca or by calling 250-656-0275.
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The Inspirational Gift of Knowledge by Tina Kelly
Some say a good book can change
your life. Silken, one of our summer students, may be one of them. Growing up in the Okanagan, Silken was a nature nut: she explored during the hot arid summers and up in the cold wintery alpine looking for interesting plants and animals. This small window to the environment was flung wide open when, upon entering high school, her grandmother gifted her Looking for the Wild by Lyn Hancock. Silken was moved by its history, adventure, and wild North American nature, past and present. Loss of wilderness, ecological shifts and environmental concerns are a prime focus of this book and it didn't go unnoticed. Fast forward to today – Silken is studying Geography and Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria with the goal of helping the earth become a little more wild. Inspire someone you know this holiday season by gifting them with a book. For the poetry enthusiast: Refugium: Poems for the Pacific. Victoria's poet laureate Yvonne Blomer, concerned about the state of the ocean and the planet, called out for submissions from poets around the Pacific. The result – hot off the press – is a beautifully crafted anthology of ocean-inspired poetry. For the budding naturalist: Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M. Harbo. This all around great field guide is a must for anyone interested in identifying and learning about local marine life. It covers common fauna large and small with a section on seaweed thrown in. For the memoir/biography fan: Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast. Author Sylvia Taylor tells the story of 24 women from all along the West Coast whose lives are intrinsically linked to the sea. For the artist: Colour the British Columbia Coast. Artist Yvonne Maxichuk captures the coast with quintessential portraits of fishing villages, float homes, wildlife, rainforests and more, all ready for your creative input. For the birder: At Sea with Marine Birds of the Raincoast. Local scientist Dr. Caroline Fox penned this book, blending natural and human history with conservation. It received the Lane Anderson Award for excellence in scientific writing in 2016. For the kids: Wild About the West Coast Discovery Book by Adrienne Mason. Twenty-eight pages of mazes, word searches and colouring sheets woven with whimsical illustrations of coastal biodiversity. West Coast Sudoku anyone? For the explorer or adventurer: Secret Beaches. Theo
Dombrowski's series of five books offers detailed directions to beaches up and down the Island combined with information on parking, accessibility, facilities, substrate and more; each edition focuses on a different geographic region (e.g., View Royal to Sidney). Careful: you may expose your own secret beach. For the culinary inspired: Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, by Alison Malone Eathorne, Hillary Malone, Lorna Malone and Christina Symons. Gastronomic delights designed aboard a sailboat and inspired by a trip around Vancouver Island. This cookbook collection honours local delicacies and is accompanied by beautiful photography of places and food. Recipes are not just for a galley kitchen! Books are presents that can be opened again and again and you never know where they will take someone. Many of these titles are available at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. All purchases made support marine education initiatives.
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Locally made unique gifts are perfect for Christmas giving. At the Annual Artisan Show choose from handwoven clothing, jewelry, turned wood bowls and much more – there’s always something new! The ArtSea Gallery 2018 Season will start in February with the “Taste of Tulista.” This is a preview of our upcoming shows for the year, so come in and get a “taste” of what’s happening in 2018. Visit our website for more information: cacsp.com. Join us, donate, volunteer! Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays 5th & Weiler, Sidney • Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. december 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 65
What Does Your Holiday Decorating Style say about you? by Janice Henshaw
Does the prospect of decorating your home for the holidays send a shiver of excitement down your spine in September? Do you plan for the big event 12 months of the year, hitting Boxing Day and clear-out sales? Or do you wait for the last possible moment to rip open the brown packing boxes from last year, straighten the tinsel and decorate the tree, all while baking cookies and putting dinner on the table? Your holiday decorating style (if you have one) may indeed say something about your personality. Read on to see if you fit into any of the following (very unscientific) (but very light-hearted) list of holiday decorating personality types described below. No matter if you’re a Trendsetter or a Bargain Hunter, make sure to check out the rest of the article for some great decorating ideas from three of Sidney’s excellent specialty stores.
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- You can easily stay up most of the night seeking out the latest trends on Houzz, Pinterest and Etsy. A new style of decoration makes you feel shaky with excitement,
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You are first in line at Boxing Day Sales, and you can’t wait to snap up Christmas decorations for next year, smiling gleefully at the discounted prices. You can shop for hours to find the best deals, and go home laden with treasures that you will put to good use in the future, either in your house or as a gift. And, if it turns out that you don’t need a three-metre tall, neon pink inflatable snowman for your yard next year, you’re pretty sure it will be a hit in your office Secret Santa Pool … . No matter what kind of holiday decorator you are, check out these great tips from some of Sidney’s finest specialty shops! Brown’s the Florist: Manager Kathy Blaine describes this year’s decorating style as a very natural, organic, understated look. They are using lots of natural greens, twigs and seedpods. Magnolia branches and seeded eucalyptus are big this year, and so is a lot of texture and cohesive colour schemes. Instead of one big table centrepiece, Kathy suggests groupings of two to five smaller arrangements interspersed with candles and ornaments. And for outside decorating,
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“Whatever you do, bring warm glowing light into your space.”
Kathy suggests transforming planters with lots of dogwood sticks, winter greens and cones at the base. Muffet and Louisa: Muffet Billyard-Leake says that her focus for Christmas is to choose either a pastel or traditional theme – she doesn’t mix the two styles. “Colours should be icy pale and silvery or the traditional warm red, green and gold. Icy is lovely in apartments where you might not be able to bring in live pine and other evergreens. “Whatever you do, bring warm glowing light into your space. As many homes no longer have fireplaces, creating warmth with other light is a wonderful way to go.” Muffet suggests filling lanterns with artificial candles as well as using strings of fairy lights that either run on battery or plug-in. And, when it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, she says: “Be daring and untraditional if you cannot have a real tree−what about a driftwood tree?” Muffet says not to forget the special things that mean Christmas to you − blend them in with your new decorations. Flush Bathroom Essentials: Even bathrooms can get a holiday makeover! Owner Laura McLarty suggests using fragrant diffusers and hand soaps in the bathroom as “great way to integrate nostalgic holiday scents like spruce and fir.” Festive towels, guest soap, and even toilet tissue can add to the holiday mix. Laura reports that a hot trend this year is laser-cut wood ornaments that include penguins, nutcrackers, skaters and trees. The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy your own decorating style! May your heart and your home be filled with light and love this holiday season.
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Fresh holiday decorations not only make your home look festive,but they also surround your living space with wonderful scents. The evergreen fir has been traditionally used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Pagans used branches to decorate their homes during Winter Solstice while Romans used trees to decorate their temples. Christians used it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Historical evidence of the decoration of trees at Christmas dates from Riga, Latvia in 1510. Descriptions of German Christmas trees dated to 1531, where they were decorated with paper flowers, apples and candy. In 1841 Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s German husband) had a Christmas tree set up in Windsor Castle. At first trees were put on tables as they were smaller. In 1848 a drawing of “The Queen’s tree at Windsor Castle” was published in the Illustrated London News. After that Christmas trees became popular in the U.K. and North America. The first Christmas tree was lit by electricity in 1882 in New York City. To many, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a real Christmas tree. Most of us have childhood memories of freshly cut trees, holiday garland on the mantle and a wreath on the front door. Generally indoor greenery will look good for two weeks indoors, but with some extra care possibly even longer. Here are a few tips to keep your perfect Christmas tree fresh: 1) To check for freshness, look for a firm tree and bounce the trunk on the ground;
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or preservatives. 4)Keep trees away from major sources of heat. If possible, keep your evergreen boughs in wet oasis (florist foam) to keep them fresh; daily misting helps. Recycle your tree after Christmas – many local communities have drop-off areas. This year why not try a potted evergreen tree inside for the holidays? When the holidays have passed, plant your tree outdoors for years of enjoyment. Enjoy the fresh scent of Christmas and have a Happy Holiday!
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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Business Know-How reports that "about half of all employer establishments survive at least five years … and a significant percentage of new businesses do fail" (Why Small Businesses Fail: Top 7 Reasons for Startup Failure, Patricia Schaefer, August 2017). Groom That Dog, a popular local service for our furry friends, is in the lucky 50 percent. But there are solid reasons driving that good fortune, and owner Janet Lynch has valuable lessons for all new entrepreneurs in how to survive and succeed in business. Groom That Dog is an expert dog-grooming service on McDonald Park Road in Sidney, and the business is already booming after only three years in operation. The bubbly and affable entrepreneur brings over 17 years of experience in the dog grooming industry to her treasured country oasis. Janet's impressive background runs the gamut of dog obedience, dog showing, kennel work, dogsitting and more. After reading Schaefer's reasons why new businesses fail, it is obvious why Janet has been so successful: she has avoided all of them. The author's first reason for failure is starting a business for the wrong reasons. Janet started her business out of a genuine love for dogs. Her intentions are laudable: taking tender care of those vulnerable creatures who have no voice. Poor management is the next sink-hole on Schaefer's list, specifically lack of financial know-how, neglect of the business and avoiding change. None of these apply to the friendly dog groomer. Janet is constantly on top of everything that goes on in her studio and keeps a close eye on finances while using the skills of an accountant. She takes change in stride: "My advice to new entrepreneurs is to stay open minded and embrace change. You never know where it's going to take you." Janet was well-prepared to enter the business world: "It is important to make a plan of what you want to do in your business before you start it. And make sure that you have the money beforehand to do that." Delete Schaefer's third reason: insufficient capital. Groom That Dog's perfect countryside location in a feed barn nullifies reason number four (bad location). With Janet's conscientious adherence to a business plan, a lack of it (next reason) has never been her problem. Nobody could ever accuse Janet Lynch of "over-expansion:" no-no number six. Her cautious pragmatic approach to business has been a winning strategy: "Start small and you will end up large." Finally, her strong website and social media presence takes care of the last reason. Groom That Dog embodies the top reasons for business start-up success. Janet Lynch aced the course, Business Survival 101. Source: https://www.businessknowhow.com/startup/business-failure.htm
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my village known as John the Pig. Not the best-looking male in Eton Wick, and his nickname was not a reflection of his table manners, but his job, which was to feed the pigs at a local farm. He could never sneak up behind you in the pub, unless you had a heavy cold, as his miasma emanated a good 10 feet around him. However, John was rarely seen during the summer months without a female companion, and most of the lads put this down to his ownership of a beautiful new yellow MGB. With the top down, and wind rushing through his hair at over 30mph, he presented a very dashing figure. The rainy season was a different story. MGBs were beyond my budget when I was a youth. They first came out in 1962, and so were relatively new when I got my driving licence. The factory eventually produced 523,836 units until it ceased production in 1980. The early magazine advertisements featured a female police officer tearing up a speeding ticket she had just written to a male driver, with the wink-wink caption "You can do it in an MG." When they fitted rubber bumpers and raised the ride height for the U.S. market, it was suggested they change the caption to "You can do it under an MG!" Most MGBs were exported to the North American market, and there are literally hundreds of surviving examples here on the Island. They are easy to work on, and spare parts are cheap and plentiful. If you are thinking about investing in a fun collector car for under $5,000, an MGB would be my suggestion. Forget the $100,000 E-Types and Big Healeys; the MGB is a great affordable everyday user car. There were two main versions of the MGB: the convertible and the hard top GT. The GT was designed by no less than the famed Italian coachbuilders Pininfarina who also designed the Ferrari Testarossa. It had beautiful flowing lines, unlike some ungainly GTs of the time like the hunchbacked E-Type 2+2. You can fit golf clubs in the back through the ample hatchback, and a couple of small kids in the back seat. With a top speed of 105mph/168kph, it can hold its own on modern highways, though the zero to 60 acceleration is humbled even by a Prius. Three of my kids own MGBs: two tourers and one GT. There are numerous local car clubs and many annual car shows, and I can't think of a better family event than to attend one, without having to lie about the cost of restoration to your spouse. If you are looking to buy one, remember that it will be between 37 and 55 years old, so rust can be extensive. Watch out for one kept in a heated garage, or more likely, an abandoned restoration where all
the cutting and welding has been done already. The chrome bumper versions are most popular, and wire wheels and an overdrive are sought-after options. There was a complete engine and gearbox on UsedVictoria last month for free, and another for just $200, so don't worry about the cost of a mechanical restoration. Just beware yellow convertibles with a strange smell of bacon.
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Plug In to Natural Medicine: Hydrate IV Wellness Centre by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in goodÂ health. If you're old enough to remember The Jetsons, you inevitably associate anything futuristic with the show's cartoon representation of a technology-packed utopian future. When you consider naturopathic medicine though, you're more likely to think of the show's stoneage counterpart, The Flinstones. The world's changing though, and so is Dr. Kristen Bovee's approach to wellness.
Dr. Bovee and Dr. Ariel Jones own and operate Vancouver Island's only intravenous (IV) therapy centre. At Hydrate IV Wellness Centre on Cook Street, you can choose from a menu of rejuvenating IV formulas. Once hooked up, you'll find yourself lounging in a calm, modern environment while nutrients enter your bloodstream. Their six standard infusions are all vitamin-packed and safe for most patients. While IV infusions are what make Dr. Bovee's job so unique, she also practises naturopathic medicine in a traditional sense.
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pain, headaches, rotator cuff problems, tennis or golfer's elbow, and osteoarthritis. While we typically turn to our physicians when something's wrong, Dr. Morton reminds us that "prevention is the best medicine." Even for symptom-free patients, Hydrate Wellness offers complete health analysis by means of blood, urine and stool testing. Their findings may result in prescribing a specific IV formula, which is often customized beyond the basic menu they offer. For just a quick recharge though, anyone can book for treatments from the wellness menu. You must simply complete a short interview and urine test to determine eligibility. The menu includes: Hydrate Me, Multivitamin, Energy, Hang Over, Immune Boost and Stress Buster IV's. Beyond being the carriers of feel-good formulas, IV infusions like high-dose vitamin C can be used for cancer treatment. Even for patients already receiving chemo treatments,
the right IV formula can help fight cancer cells and alleviate the drugs' nasty side effects. The positive effects of IV infusion are well proven, as it has existed for decades. The
treatment's impact is often immediately felt too. As Dr. Bovee noted: "I had the energy [infusion] this morning and really feel it." There are also specialty IV's, like a "chelation detox for lead, that removes harmful metals from the body." One way or another though, there is no more immediate and efficient way for natural healing elements to get to
work internally. The naturopathic services on offer at Hydrate Wellness are expansive and thorough as well. As a diagnostic tool they offer allergy testing by blood sample. Without having to face the extremely lengthy waitlists for an allergist in Victoria, you can see Dr. Bovee, Jones or Morton almost immediately to have a sample taken. Within 10 days your blood will have been introduced to a wide range of allergens, determining high, medium or low reactivity. When talking to medical professionals like Kristen and Jordan, I'm reminded how fortunate we are to live in a time when a healthy lifestyle is so accessible. These doctors are doing their part to see that we reach our full potential, even with setbacks like illness, injury or allergies. With direct insurance billing, online booking and the latest in naturopathic medicine, Hydrate IV Wellness Centre would impress even George Jetson himself.
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Artisans’ Gift Gallery: Something for Everyone
by Gillian Crowley
As the holidays approach, the
hunt is on for perfect gifts for family, friends … and perhaps oneself. Local shoppers don't have to go further than the Artisans' Gift Gallery in Sidney's Tulista Park. From unusual Christmas ornaments to lustrous turned wooden bowls, the gallery run by ArtSea has something unique at every price point. "What's special about our annual show is that people are supporting our amazing local artists and artisans at the same time they buy some special gifts," says Dale MacEwan, long time lead organizer of the Artisans' events. "Visitors love our eclectic selection." After nine years at the helm, Dale has now passed the show into the capable hands of Patty Wilson. A former ArtSea board member, Patty is responsible for volunteer coordination and organizing the show's set-up. In her "spare time" she is a weaver and needle felt sculptor. This year 48 members of ArtSea community council have had their work selected for the show. A quick turn round the chock-a-block gallery reveals an impressive display of creativity. Felted and woven clothing and original silk-screened scarves vie with scrimshaw, eyecatching jewelry and handwoven baskets. A Christmas tree covered with unique ornaments nestles next to other holiday-themed decorations. As a writer I'm drawn to the handmade, cloth-covered journals. Grandparents will love the bright knitted cardigans with coordinating cotton pants for their youngest grandkids. Those seeking home décor will discover paintings and metal artwork as well as pottery and ceramics for that empty corner. Some artisans are creative about upcycling: a warm woolly hat turns out to be an inventive re-imagining of a thick woollen sweater. It's worth popping in several times this month as new items are brought out daily and many times artisans will be on hand demonstrating their techniques. The Artisans Show was started in 1994 by the community arts council of the day, led by Dianne Cross. The first events were held at Sanscha Hall and then moved to the new Mary Winspear Centre. In 2008, the Arts Council (renamed ArtSea) moved to its current location in Tulista Park next to the sea walk. The artisans who are part of the show also volunteer their time at the gallery to help visitors find the perfect item and explain how it is made. ArtSea recognizes the volunteers by reducing the gallery's
commission on their work. ArtSea then applies the commission revenue to promote future community art programs, including the next Artisans Show. A purchase at the Artisans' Gift Gallery supports the artisans directly and helps the arts community at large. What could be more Christmas-y than that? The Artisans' Show and Sale is on until December 22, open 10 to 4 from Tuesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays. Free entry and parking. Photo courtesy Cheryl Taschuk.
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For Santa, the magic of Christmas is the light that shines in the eyes of children, young or old, as they ask for their gifts. These gifts are their wishes and dreams. Some are grand, while others are the simplest of things – happiness for loved ones, a new puppy or a simple doll or ball glove. No matter what, the real magic is “love,” and that is all any of us can ask for. From Me to You, Merry Christmas and I’ll peek in on you Christmas Eve. Remember the Magic word: “believe.” 86 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
SPH Benefits from Generous Sidney Rotary Donation The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation gratefully accepted a cheque for nearly $10,000 recently from the Sidney By the Sea Rotary Club. The funds have enabled the purchase of specific equipment for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Hospital staff identified two areas that would especially benefit from new equipment, and as a result two Stryker Isoflx LAL pressure distribution mattresses and a set of bone distractors have been purchased and are already in use at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Shirley Finnigan, CNL in the Extended Care Unit, reports that “the proposed intentions for the mattresses was bang on target! The specialty mattresses are in constant use and doing their job at preventing skin breakdown.” In the OR, Barb Molberg, RN, Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Services, is pleased to say that “the proposed intention
of the donation has definitely been achieved. Having our own bone distractor for OR eliminates the need to borrow from other Island Health sites. The bone distractor has been used multiple times with our orthopedic surgeons.” The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation is very grateful to the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club for all their hard work to make this generous contribution possible.
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Head Coach Brad Tippett - A Coach’s Perspective
Panthers’ owner Pete Zubersky and I met for a coffee in July 2016 — two old hockey guys who discovered we knew a lot of the same people. We shared some laughs and war stories. The conversation came around to coaching philosophy. Three hours later we left the meeting thinking we had known each other for three decades. It was that shared philosophy about teaching and development that intrigued me. Here was an owner who thought that developing local players was more important than proﬁts. I ﬁnally met someone who deﬁned success in more ways than the win/loss column and the bottom line. Fifteen months later, I'm sharing with Seaside readers some of my reasons I became the Panthers’ Head Coach. Coaching presents a different set of challenges every day. For me, teaching the game is my driver. I've played for and worked with a few great coaches, many good ones and some who had deservedly short careers. What separates the great coaches from the others is their ability to teach and communicate with their players. What makes things difﬁcult is what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow and what works for one group of players may not work for another. There seems to be no perfect coach or no perfect teacher. The successful coaches can adapt and re-invent themselves. They have the humility to learn from yesterday's mistakes and turn them into tomorrow's successes. And they do this each and every day. Coaching twenty-two 16-20 year old Junior hockey players can be akin to herding a group of youngsters about 30 minutes into their Halloween haul. The 16-year-old rookie is at a completely different place in life than the 20-year-old veteran. They have completely different interests. Last week we had one player excited because he had purchased a boat, and another upset because he didn't pass his driver's license. What they do share is a love for the game of hockey. As the coach, you must mould this diverse group on a seven-month journey of improvement, individually and collectively. Simple right? As a coach, I feel it is very important to gain some insight into how these young adults think. What excites them, what challenges them, what motivates them, what shuts them down, what are their deepest fears? The answer is - there are 22 different correct answers. I was attending as well as presenting at a hockey clinic in Regina in 2010. There were a number of Junior coaches, a couple of NHL and WHL scouts and several SaskHockey people. The keynote speaker was someone I had never previously heard of and as it turned out, the presenter had no connection with hockey. She was a teacher of teachers – and she had a profound effect on my approach to coaching today's players. I have mentioned above that coaches must be adaptable. That doesn't mean they have to change their principles or philosophy or approach to the game. To be effective, they may have to change their delivery and communication methods. We have to adapt to what best works for today's player. Chase (20) and Barrett (18) are my two sons. I had the pleasure and they perhaps had the misfortune to have their dad as their coach. Watching them grow up and helping them with school work helped me understand that they learn in a completely different way than I did. Algebra and English are the 88 seasidemagazine.ca | december 2017
Gordon Lee Photography same but somehow they could do homework with the TV blaring and constant interruptions by text messages. It just about drove me crazy, but they could do it. Today's kids learn differently and so therefore all players learn differently and have their own learning styles. Today's hockey players are far more skilled than previous generations. The players and teams that are really successful are the ones that “think the game” better than their opponent. They understand how and when to use tactics and systems to their advantage. Practice is where the coach/teacher can have the most impact. Coaches teach in practice. Players write the exam in the game. My Alphabet Soup Theory Campbell Soup makes many kinds of soups. Vegetable soup is the least popular of all the staple soups. How many times did your mother tell you “Eat your soup –it’s good for you”? Did you listen? Alphabet soup is the best selling soup of the novelty soups. What makes it so popular - after-all it is just vegetable soup with some alphabet noodles? Campbell Soup discovered they could sell more soup by making it fun for kids to eat. As coaches, we must learn that disguising vegetables or hockey fundamentals in a fun activity or drill is a much more effective method of teaching. Players are learning without thinking about it. The 4 P's Good coaches design effective practices with Preparation, Participation, Pace, Patience in mind. This is the area in which I changed my approach to communicate with “millennials”. As already discussed, todays' players think and learn differently. They have a shorter attention span. You have 45 seconds to get a concept across or their mind is onto the next thing. Just give them a structure and let them ﬁgure out how it works best. Players actually learn how to do it right by doing it wrong. This is where the Patience part of the 4P's is severely tested. As a coach from a different generation (or three), I have to ﬁght the urge to step in and ﬁx it right
Jr. Hockey Club force myself to replay the last tidbit the keynote speaker provided in her presentation.....you just bought your son a new video game — did he read the instructions? No — he just worked away and ﬁgured it out. With the Panthers, we are truly blessed with a group of highly intelligent young men. They challenge us to teach more because they want and can do more. Motivation is easy as they all share the goal to get better. They help each other out. There isn’t a more special feeling as a coach than when they make something work in a game that we taught and worked on in practice.
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P.M.H.A. / Fan 3rd Jersey Giveaway Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. The Peninsula Panthers will hold their annual “3rd Jersey Giveaway” on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm on December 17th. Twenty-two lucky Peninsula Minor Hockey players as well as ﬁve fans will be selected in a random draw to be held on the ice after the game and the winners will be gifted a jersey right off the back of a Peninsula Panthers player!
played 5 seasons with the Panthers and was a fan favourite each and every year. He contracted a rare form of Pancreatic cancer and passed away on June 2, 2017. His son Noah is six years old and now plays hockey in the PMHA and will be the “Player of the Week” for this game. His wife Melissa and his four-yearold daughter Heidi will be part of the ceremony.
The Panthers will host the Campbell River Storm for this game. Prior to the game, a very special ceremony will be held on the ice to celebrate the life of former PMHA and Peninsula Panthers player Derek Turnbull. Derek played all his minor hockey on the Saanich Peninsula and then joined the Club as a wide-eyed 16-year-old defenceman. He
Following the game, the draw for jerseys will will take place. All names drawn Must Be In Attendance to win when the draw is made at the end of the game - no exceptions! The winners will make their way onto the ice where the players’ jerseys will be gifted. The game promises to be one of the highlights of the season! Please join us for this special occasion.
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Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com
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The Victoria Village Squires Barbershop harmony chorus and special guests, the Saanich Secondary Schools Chorus, would like to invite you to an evening of a cappella music that is sure to warm your heart and bring joy to this holiday season! For tickets ($25): call 250-6560275 or visit www.marywinspear.ca. Come and join us! December 9: Canada 150 Free Skate
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Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a free skate sponsored by the District of North Saanich. Bring the whole family! All ages. december 9: Forest Festivities (drop-in event – all ages)
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Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists in the spirit of the season. Make recycled cards, crafts and a small green swag with broom. We'll supply material and instructions, you supply the creativity. Drop in anytime with your family and friends. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. december 11: Spice is Nice – Seasonal Stories Stories at Fern Street (since 1989) 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 | www.victoriastorytellers.org
Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria Storyteller's Guild and friends. Doors open at 7:15 p.m; stories start at 7:30 p.m. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). " For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages."
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Bring your little one to celebrate winter with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Your child will explore the winter woods using their senses and look for creatures enjoying the winter season. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register by December 13 as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344. december 20 - 23: Newman Family Productions presents Christmas with Scrooge 7:30 p.m. December 20-23, 2 p.m. matinee December 23 Artspring, 100 Jackson Avenue, Salt Spring Island 250.537.2102 | www.artspring.ca
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Join us for our 12th annual First Night New Year's Eve celebration! Enjoy an activity-filled evening that includes swimming, skating, face painting, our inflatable obstacle course, and much more. This family friendly event will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks display! Early bird rates, December 1 to 25: family $35; adult (19 yrs +) $12; child (6 - 18 yrs) $8; child (0 - 5 yrs) free. December 26 to 31: family $50; adult (19 yrs +) $16; child (6 - 18 yrs) $12; child (0 - 5 yrs) free. * family: two adults and up to two children, or one adult and up to three children. Purchase your tickets at Panorama Recreation Centre, Greenglade Community Centre, or call 250-656-7271. december 2017 | seasidemagazine.ca 93
last word The holidays can be a hard time of year. There are dark, gloomy skies that can prompt a bout of blues (or Seasonal Affective Disorder). There’s an overwhelm that sometimes takes place, with festivities to plan and more to do than there is time to do it in. And then there is the abundance of the season – which brings so much joy to those who have it – and makes those who are without even more aware of the things their lives lack. We were conscious when planning our December issue to reflect all sides of the season. From the joy and celebration of decorations and entertaining, to the organizations supporting those who are alone or without at Christmastime: I’ve enjoyed learning about it all. Visiting the Sidney Lion’s Food Bank made me very aware of
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how lucky I am, and perhaps even more, that I must be grateful for it. I always miss home and my family as we head towards Christmas, but I’m focusing on the community I’m part of here and the friends who feel like extended family. Reach out and share with others this season; it doesn’t have to be much, your time, your attention, a gift or some food. You’ll get the gift of feeling good as you give back. It’s dark and wet and cold: I’m dreaming of summer again and travel plans. How nice then to have a travel column back in the magazine, to inspire ideas of heading off on adventures (preferably in the sun!) In this first Globehopping column (pg. 51) we hear about Ted Daly’s epic walk of the Camino de Santiago. We’ll be bringing you other destinations in future months for a little armchair tourism, and maybe to inspire a trip of your own. Oh, and in answer to Sue’s question in her First Word – watching The Muppets Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for me! It’s wacky and irreverent; has some great songs, but the same classic Christmas tale of redemption that Dickens penned back in 1843. Michael Cain, as Scrooge (a genius bit of casting) pledges: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” And the Muppet ensemble cheers! What could be better? Merry Christmas to you all Seaside readers, “And, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
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Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...
Published on Dec 1, 2017
Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...